Rapid Response

December 6, 2011

By Contributor

Membership is declining in local civic organizations (like the Elks, Eagles and Masonic lodges). What can they do/offer to interest you in becoming a member?

Yes, we need young people in our civic organizations, like in our Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. There is really not much that we can offer but to make them feel comfortable and be part of the group. Most young professionals are very busy with work and raising young family, but they check their emails and get into social media, so maybe we can create an Internet club as an extension of our noon club. They need a break from work so they need a fun meeting where maybe sometimes they can bring their families or bring their wife into a fun evening meeting once a month. These activities can be dancing, (karaoke) singing, romantic dinners and game nights — just a group wherein to have a fun break inexpensively once a month. They also would like to help in the community and our service clubs do provide that.

Becky Wilder, Issaquah

We see today that people seem to affiliate after feeling involved and having a sense of community. The idea that you join in order to belong is increasing difficult to justify. The act of belonging is an expression of community. Traditional clubs and organization will be most impacting “when they move out of building and programs” and into areas of community interest and community need. In Christian contexts, the mission of congregations is to join God where he is already at work in the community!

Don Burnett, Issaquah

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